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Josef Gitschthaler668Kaufrausch, Konsumzwang oder Besinnliche Weihnachten Shopping frenzy, pressure to consume or  thoughtful ChristmasBesinnliche Weihnachten / thoughtful Christmas2013-12-22 19:00:0045  
Slooh149,338*Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Annular Solar Eclipse with Ring of Fire live from Australia* Slooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time view of the *Annular Solar Eclipse* from Australia.  Viewers can capture a first look of the eclipse on Slooh.com, Thursday, May 9th starting at 2:30 PM PDT / 5:30 PM EDT / 21:30 UTC as the Moon’s shadow begins its journey over Australia on its way to eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Gilbert Islands, and finally over the Pacific Ocean. *Viewers can watch live on their PC/MAC or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon.* The Slooh broadcast team, along with Bob Berman, author of numerous astronomy books, and contributing editor and monthly columnist for Astronomy magazine, will provide live commentary.  As a special treat, Slooh will broadcast an additional feed of the Sun from the Prescott Solar Observatory, a fantastic facility located in Arizona - giving viewers a unique look of the Sun from the other side of the world. *Download the free Slooh iPad App:* www.appstore.com/slooh *Slooh Annular Eclipse Video:* http://youtu.be/_MZQRFIxJiY #solareclipse   #ringoffire   #eclipse   #annulareclipse   #sun   #moon   #lunar   #slooh   #hangoutsonair  Slooh's Coverage of Annular Solar Eclipse2013-05-09 23:30:00357  

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steph “gingerninja” wanamaker114,972#FF   #followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2015-04-24 18:39:4321732029
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker114,374+Steve Golfing here is my awesome men who comment circle2015-04-13 14:37:43216000
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker114,172#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2015-04-10 17:17:1321547061
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker114,028this is my awesome men who comment circle  cc +Curt Cranfield 2015-04-09 00:05:302161606
Gailen Mapes85,206Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 8 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-04-08 10:45:40172001
Lexidh Solstad30,341March engagers circle =) Most of the people that commented on my posts in March are here. Thank you for making it more fun to be here! 2015-04-02 19:24:24152309
Vinod Kalathil9,891My Morning Circle - March 2015 EditionAs many of you know I started this rolling circle of photographers whom I reshared in the last 12 months. I have learned so much from these photographers and it has helped me come a long way. Here are some of my favorites from March 2015.A walk through the misty woods by +Doug Hagadorn https://plus.google.com/108212748463061367877/posts/jFYuB3Kjec2An explosion of colors by +christopher kimball https://plus.google.com/111057386379962578487/posts/Uiq552YvmeSA stunning long exposure from +Barbara Manciulli https://plus.google.com/+BarbaraManciulli/posts/YuzDu1qVkSuIf you get a notification, you are in this circle. To stay in the circle, you don’t need to do anything other than keep posting beautiful shots! However, any plusses and reshares will be most appreciated to spread the word. If you add the people in this circle, you can be rest assured that you will discover some great talent. If you do not want to be a part of this circle, please send me a personal message and I will remove you from this and future circles.2015-04-02 04:19:54299317
Cableicous3,746Thanks for all teh cablez: year 3Thanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for another grand year of beautalicious cableicousness - our third.Your cables are much appreciated and your continued contributions give me much pleasure.Thank you!.And a new year begins.#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2015 #cableriacirculus2015-03-27 10:42:1422225378
Allan watson24,441Active users on Google+. Circle ShareIf you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#by #the #scholar #John #Chadwick #A #major #cache #discovered #by #Carl #Blegen #at #the #site #of #ancient #Pylos #included #hundreds #of #male #and #female #names #formed #by #different #methodsSome #of #these #are #of #women #held #in #servitude #as #study #of 2015-03-25 06:54:49432145
Camila Pedraza0Great people who love to like and have friends,this is my elite circle and i want to shared with you.2015-03-22 13:48:15110002
John Hannah16,330Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and #share this #circle!#from #sa #but #ancient #transitions #due #to #the #lack #of #literary #contexts #are #difficult #to #catch #in #the #act #The #most #likely #vehicles #were #the #ancient #geographers #and #historians #such #as #H #ere #all #Greek #Roman #civilization #Hellenized #extensively2015-03-20 10:46:374847876103
Random Art977Shared circle with active people#art #abstract #quotes   #fractal   #mandala  #artists2015-03-18 02:06:50314000
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:28:11328015
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:27:39328005
Mamy Shimomatsu2,879#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:27:02328000
Mamy Shimomatsu2,879#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:26:42328000
Gailen Mapes81,161Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 8 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-03-08 10:41:00176000
Cableicous3,675Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for another grand week of beautaliciousness.And, yet again, it's another circle of 23.And a new week begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2015 #cableriacirculus #23s #twentythrees #twentythree2015-03-07 23:53:1723000
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker113,300#followfriday  my awesome men who comment circle2015-03-06 20:08:2521069463
Random Art5642015-03-02 10:53:37307000
Vinod Kalathil9,526My Morning Circle - February 2015 EditionAs many of you know I started this rolling circle of photographers whom I reshared in the last 12 months. I have learned so much from these photographers and it has helped me come a long way. Here are some of my favorites from February 2015.A beautiful winterscape from +Nicole Botembe https://plus.google.com/110063128841143711459/posts/YYY47ijATYfAn ethereal scene from +Susanne Barczyk https://plus.google.com/110063128841143711459/posts/WjTFc26sBgKA beautiful sunset from +Howard Grill https://plus.google.com/110063128841143711459/posts/h2ZPMKTVZdzIf you get a notification, you are in this circle. To stay in the circle, you don’t need to do anything other than keep posting beautiful shots! However, any plusses and reshares will be most appreciated to spread the word. If you add the people in this circle, you can be rest assured that you will discover some great talent. If you do not want to be a part of this circle, please send me a personal message and I will remove you from this and future circles.2015-03-01 16:22:59299551477
Lexidh Solstad29,791February engagers circle! These are (most of) the people who commented on my posts in February! Thank you for making it even more fun to be here on Google+ =)  #circleshare   #engagers   #appreciationcircle   #february  2015-03-01 14:34:15157102
Rok Šimec33,177This circle contains people who are very active on Google+. These are people who will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with you.2015-02-27 20:04:13492523680
AyJay Schibig86,473ALL KINDS CIRCLE  2.18.15  by +AyJay Schibig Add this mix of All Kinds of Active G+ members and pages  to give some variety to your circles!  Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  2015-02-19 04:56:22500474860
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker112,626#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2015-02-13 17:59:3220551263
Gailen Mapes78,631Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-02-11 11:28:23173849
steph wanamaker111,805#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2015-01-23 18:05:3322064453
Circles Circles Circles49,036SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS: http://goo.gl/fVX5bZPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/GNkGJhPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/s9RkeEMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/W8VDbBPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/5mr38oOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/9c5A3XSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/4UAeINTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/whvLzNG+ Pages: http://goo.gl/jNZdWf#circleshare   2015-01-22 16:19:121067218
Bettina M.671This circle contains wounderful people who really are interesting and active on Google+.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!My favorite Communities:Canary and friendsMoments of Art#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #news #update #birds 2015-01-21 20:14:12413229
steph wanamaker111,441#followfriday  Here is my awesome  men who comment circle 2015-01-16 16:20:1121960566
Gailen Mapes75,138Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-11 12:18:06173000
Review Car Models0BEST CIRCLE 10 JANUARY 2015------------------------------------------------                BEST Circle Share By Review Car Models                          New Year Share and Be Shared                    If you want to be shared in this circle                          Boost your visibility on Google+                 Watch entertainment video                    FULL Car Models                                   Car PICTURE                2015 Car VIDEO                   Share the circle! GET MORE QUICKLY CIRCLE AND FOLLOWER ON GOOGLE+HERE'S OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLE------------------------------------------------Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This Cilcle!!,Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 Include me in your circles2 Click add people and create your circle3 +1 this circle4 Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( dont forget share the circle and include yourself )5 If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).6  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.-------------------------------------------------FOLLOW ME TO GET MORE CIRCLE AND FOLLOWER HERE http://goo.gl/k1HNfE-------------------------------------------------    #Automotive    #Cars    #Ford    #BMW    #Toyota    #Audi    #Ferrari    #Vehicle    #Honda    #UsedCars    #Auto    #AutoRepair    #Lamborghini    #Chevrolet    #Driving    #ClassicCars    #Nissan    #CES2015    2015-01-09 21:41:24500324
Frank Gainsford53,086A circle of people who either post or share stuff that is about science 2015-01-09 10:11:403392513
Ryan Johnson22,911This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare  #sri_lanka #colombo #australia #adelaide #australia #cairns #australia #darwin #australia #hobart #new_zealand #auckland #new_zealand #wellington #papua_new_guinea #papua_new_guinea #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday 2015-01-09 09:58:40478114
Dirk Müller20,345Circle, circle in the stream, who are my most engagers these daysThis is a circle to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who commented or shared my work. You all are awesome and make Google Plus such a nice place to share my pictures.If you would like to be a part of my Most Engaged Circle you mustn't plus this post, comment it or share it (but you can) To be a part of the next circle you just have to interact with me by commenting or sharing my work. Not more ;-)#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #topengagers #awesomepeople2015-01-09 09:00:1549912929177
John Cleese9,872Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples #ripplescircle #circuloscompartidos #circulocompartido #cerchiacondivisa #cerchia #bestengagers #chiudiilcerchio #closethecircle #shared4shared #thebigcommunity #kingcircle #topcircleshare #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innova2015-01-08 12:52:18494292444
Jan Havrda44,066*Zombie Attack!*Grab this circle in case of the emergency. This is an essential group of people you need for a fight with bloody enemies of any kind. Even immortals.This is *Not-A-Zombie* circle made of meatpopsicles. #NotAZombieCircle   #NotAZombie   #Circle   #Not   #A   #Zombie  2014-12-27 23:35:094068227119
John Hannah8,729Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #Ohio  #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle  #circleoftheday  #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle  #socialmedia #SEO #socialmediamarketing #wisata #WisataIndonesia #Travel #IndonesiaOnly #Liburan #TOUR #Indonesia #Bali #WisataBandung #Paket #Pulau #FotoKita #PROMO #Pantai #Jogja #Bandung #Yogyakarta #WisataLombok #BOGOR #Jakarta 2014-12-26 10:57:45494241839
Cableicous3,424Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for the 16th circle of #Cableicous  contributors.And a new cirlce begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-12-26 01:16:0199000
Alessandro Folghera55,894TOP VIP SEO Circle #TopSEOSharedCircle #sharedcircle #SEO  #SEOMonsters  #SEOMasters #SearchEngineOptimization  Join me on:Linkedin : http://it.linkedin.com/pub/dir/alessandro/folgheraTwitter : https://twitter.com/folgheraFacebook : https://www.facebook.com/afolgheraFoursquare : https://it.foursquare.com/folgheraPinterest : http://www.pinterest.com/folghera/Instagram : http://instagram.com/folghera/To be included in my weekly share, just:1 - Engage me2 - do +1 t the post3 - comment the post and give me the category you would prefer to belong (marketing, seo, photography, fashion ...)4 - include the circle among your circles5 - share the circle (include yourself)#SEO   #circleoftheday   #myseoissocial #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday   #afo   #folghera         #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     #followers #followback 2014-12-21 08:43:39501261939
Doris Scott284#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:08500639
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker110,672this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-12-12 18:57:5221166266
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2015-03-28 08:22:01 (52 comments, 28 reshares, 342 +1s)Open 

Alternative to Caturday

Thanks to +Measie Elizabeth , +Eustace James and +Marilyn Benham we have #TulipSaturday  as an alternative to more cats. Variety, spice, the spice must flow and all that...

Thanks to Persephone, I finally have the first tulips preparing to unfold their petals in my garden. Right now, I count four small, tightly wrapped tulips, but more will be on the way. I also saw my first cherry blossom in town yesterday. My trees still appear to need a few more days, but it can't be long now. 

Have a great start to the weekend!


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vertical photos are not optimal on GPlus, but I didn't want to compromise with a wider shot to fit it in horizontally. Handheld shot from my basement window with an EF100mm macro on 7DMk2 on Friday morning. 


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2015-03-28 08:22:01 (52 comments, 28 reshares, 342 +1s)Open 

Alternative to Caturday

Thanks to +Measie Elizabeth , +Eustace James and +Marilyn Benham we have #TulipSaturday  as an alternative to more cats. Variety, spice, the spice must flow and all that...

Thanks to Persephone, I finally have the first tulips preparing to unfold their petals in my garden. Right now, I count four small, tightly wrapped tulips, but more will be on the way. I also saw my first cherry blossom in town yesterday. My trees still appear to need a few more days, but it can't be long now. 

Have a great start to the weekend!


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vertical photos are not optimal on GPlus, but I didn't want to compromise with a wider shot to fit it in horizontally. Handheld shot from my basement window with an EF100mm macro on 7DMk2 on Friday morning. 


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2015-04-03 22:07:33 (19 comments, 20 reshares, 1197 +1s)Open 

And metaphors like cats behind your smile,
Each one wound up to purr,
each one a pride,
Each one a fine gold beast you've hid inside
(Ray Bradbury)

Since I can't beat them, I might as well join in for #caturday plus a bit of reflected street street photography fun. 

Have a great Saturday!

Photo. the text says "Feed me, I'm famous" for those, who can't zoom or see it well. 

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2015-04-25 08:36:47 (27 comments, 1 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Respirer les couleurs

Respirer les couleurs,
Sentir le frémissement de la brise qui caresse les fleurs,
Saisir l'instant unique où la lumière effleure les pétales,
Se laisser envoûter par la beauté d'une fleur et la magie du printemps...
+Kalani Bijoux 

Original captioning by Kalani Bijoux, whose reactions to my flower photos have captivated me with her melodious, flowing French phrases. Oh my French is horrible, but I can appreciate it anyway

Here's Kalani's English translation for us:

Breathe the colors,
Feel the shiver of the breeze which caresses the flowers,
Seize the unique moment when the light brushes the petals,
Be mesmerized by the beauty of a flower and the magic of the spring...

I wish you secret, still moments to enjoy something beautiful, be it a flower, the sky, a river, alover,... more »

Respirer les couleurs

Respirer les couleurs,
Sentir le frémissement de la brise qui caresse les fleurs,
Saisir l'instant unique où la lumière effleure les pétales,
Se laisser envoûter par la beauté d'une fleur et la magie du printemps...
+Kalani Bijoux 

Original captioning by Kalani Bijoux, whose reactions to my flower photos have captivated me with her melodious, flowing French phrases. Oh my French is horrible, but I can appreciate it anyway

Here's Kalani's English translation for us:

Breathe the colors,
Feel the shiver of the breeze which caresses the flowers,
Seize the unique moment when the light brushes the petals,
Be mesmerized by the beauty of a flower and the magic of the spring...

I wish you secret, still moments to enjoy something beautiful, be it a flower, the sky, a river, a lover, music or simply quiet. Have a great Saturday!   

And thank you, +Kalani Bijoux for sharing your thoughts! It's great to have a collaborator. 



#TulipSaturday  +Measie Elizabeth +Eustace James +Marilyn Benham +Liz C (red for you, Liz!) ___

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2015-04-24 06:59:15 (22 comments, 2 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Bonus

It's Friday, have a bonus picture today in case you're tired of my tulips and cherries.

This picture has been processed a lot to get the lighting and coloration I wanted, because it should have a certain look.

Happy Friday!


+Nikki C  :-)

Bonus

It's Friday, have a bonus picture today in case you're tired of my tulips and cherries.

This picture has been processed a lot to get the lighting and coloration I wanted, because it should have a certain look.

Happy Friday!


+Nikki C  :-)___

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2015-04-24 06:35:57 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love  Marcus Aurelius

Marcus wasn't much of a philosopher in my book, but he has insights into living, that help me keep on course most of the time. Simple observations about perspective, moderation and doing the right thing are my main take-aways from his writings. 

Marcus and I both agree on this: you should have a little beauty in your life today. Enjoy it now for today is certain, tomorrow is a maybe.

Happy Friday!


#philosophy   #tulips  

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love  Marcus Aurelius

Marcus wasn't much of a philosopher in my book, but he has insights into living, that help me keep on course most of the time. Simple observations about perspective, moderation and doing the right thing are my main take-aways from his writings. 

Marcus and I both agree on this: you should have a little beauty in your life today. Enjoy it now for today is certain, tomorrow is a maybe.

Happy Friday!


#philosophy   #tulips  ___

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2015-04-22 22:39:48 (17 comments, 6 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

No matter how hard you try to be what you once were, you can only be what you are here and now. (Ray Bradbury)

No matter how hard you try to be what you once were, you can only be what you are here and now. (Ray Bradbury)___

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2015-04-22 21:42:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

What a fantastic episode! High-School students working together with mentors to digitize Cepheid variable catalogs. 

What a fantastic episode! High-School students working together with mentors to digitize Cepheid variable catalogs. ___

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2015-04-21 21:45:31 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Bending the rules

Who says you always have to take a direct shot? Sometimes an approach using reflections can be an interesting alternative.

Tuesday was a long day and Wednesday looks to start early and go late, therefore I'm posting a bit early and calling it Wednesday anyway.

Have a great Wednesday! 

Bending the rules

Who says you always have to take a direct shot? Sometimes an approach using reflections can be an interesting alternative.

Tuesday was a long day and Wednesday looks to start early and go late, therefore I'm posting a bit early and calling it Wednesday anyway.

Have a great Wednesday! ___

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2015-04-21 06:29:34 (29 comments, 6 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Cherries in morning light

I'm happy! The late blooming cherries are turning out pretty and healthy. The ones that blossomed earlier were all somewhat damaged by a late frost. They were still nice, but not what I know them to be.

This morning, I got some shots of the delicate petals and subtle colors in the first gentle rays of the sun. This is what I expect the cherries in my garden to look like. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. It's a short-lived treat, but one I look forward to each year.

Have a fantastic Tuesday!




+Kalani Bijoux :-)

Cherries in morning light

I'm happy! The late blooming cherries are turning out pretty and healthy. The ones that blossomed earlier were all somewhat damaged by a late frost. They were still nice, but not what I know them to be.

This morning, I got some shots of the delicate petals and subtle colors in the first gentle rays of the sun. This is what I expect the cherries in my garden to look like. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. It's a short-lived treat, but one I look forward to each year.

Have a fantastic Tuesday!




+Kalani Bijoux :-)___

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2015-04-20 07:10:17 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Renewal

Winter's grasp has loosened and Spring begins to assert herself in gardens, woods and fields. Soon there will be fresh, lush grasses waving in the wind again. 

Renewal

Winter's grasp has loosened and Spring begins to assert herself in gardens, woods and fields. Soon there will be fresh, lush grasses waving in the wind again. ___

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2015-04-19 09:54:52 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Frost kissed slumber

Actually, awakening from a frost-kissed slumber on a cool Spring morning. 

Inspired by Lewis Caroll:

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields,
that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them
up snug, you know, with a white quilt;
and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings,
till the summer comes again. 

Have a lovely Sunday! Mine got off to a solitary, cold but exquisite start. 

Frost kissed slumber

Actually, awakening from a frost-kissed slumber on a cool Spring morning. 

Inspired by Lewis Caroll:

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields,
that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them
up snug, you know, with a white quilt;
and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings,
till the summer comes again. 

Have a lovely Sunday! Mine got off to a solitary, cold but exquisite start. ___

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2015-04-19 09:18:26 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Cables at Dawn

when the birds aren't cooperating at least you can rely on the powerlines; for the +Cableicous  #cableicous  fans. 

Cables at Dawn

when the birds aren't cooperating at least you can rely on the powerlines; for the +Cableicous  #cableicous  fans. ___

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2015-04-18 22:56:55 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Arachne

Like delicate lace,
So the threads intertwine,
Oh, gossamer web
Of wond'rous design!
Such beauty and grace
Wild nature produces...
Ughh, look at the spider
Suck out that bug's juices! 
(Bill Watterson)

I was lucky enough to observe a little garden spider weave her web. This one was already done with hers and posed patiently while I got a photo or two. Have a great Sunday! 



+Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey  #spidersunday  

Arachne

Like delicate lace,
So the threads intertwine,
Oh, gossamer web
Of wond'rous design!
Such beauty and grace
Wild nature produces...
Ughh, look at the spider
Suck out that bug's juices! 
(Bill Watterson)

I was lucky enough to observe a little garden spider weave her web. This one was already done with hers and posed patiently while I got a photo or two. Have a great Sunday! 



+Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey  #spidersunday  ___

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2015-04-18 11:32:44 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Always watching

A random cat I saw while walking through the neighborhood. It found a nice sheltered spot to watch passersby from. 

yes, it's #caturday. 

Always watching

A random cat I saw while walking through the neighborhood. It found a nice sheltered spot to watch passersby from. 

yes, it's #caturday. ___

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2015-04-18 11:24:03 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

A different variety of tulip

Happy #TulipSaturday! I'm posting a bit later than usual today, because I've been quite busy up until now getting chores done. The weekend starts for me now!

Have a wonderful weekend however you're spending it!


#TulipSaturday  , +Marilyn Benham , +Eustace James +Measie Elizabeth 

A different variety of tulip

Happy #TulipSaturday! I'm posting a bit later than usual today, because I've been quite busy up until now getting chores done. The weekend starts for me now!

Have a wonderful weekend however you're spending it!


#TulipSaturday  , +Marilyn Benham , +Eustace James +Measie Elizabeth ___

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2015-04-16 22:10:56 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Finding the true name

Words are pale shadows of forgotten names.
As names have power, words have power.
Words can light fires in the minds of men.
Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.
...
But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire.
A name is the fire itself.
(Patrick Rothfuss)


Photo 
the tulips burn brightly: red, yellow and cinder







#allthingsred  

Finding the true name

Words are pale shadows of forgotten names.
As names have power, words have power.
Words can light fires in the minds of men.
Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.
...
But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire.
A name is the fire itself.
(Patrick Rothfuss)


Photo 
the tulips burn brightly: red, yellow and cinder







#allthingsred  ___

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2015-04-16 06:43:21 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 97 +1s)Open 

Getting bored yet?

I have an abundance of tulips and the cherry blossoms are opening up. I'm a bit disappointed in the cherry blossoms. We had a late, hard frost and it seems to have stunted them somewhat. Still I have blossoms and they make a lovely sight even if they aren't as perfectly full and symmetrical as in previous years.

I wish you a Happy Friday's Eve! 






A rose is a rose by any other name and today is still #Thorsday   :-)

Getting bored yet?

I have an abundance of tulips and the cherry blossoms are opening up. I'm a bit disappointed in the cherry blossoms. We had a late, hard frost and it seems to have stunted them somewhat. Still I have blossoms and they make a lovely sight even if they aren't as perfectly full and symmetrical as in previous years.

I wish you a Happy Friday's Eve! 






A rose is a rose by any other name and today is still #Thorsday   :-)___

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2015-04-15 21:15:14 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Walking in a wonderful wood

Snapshots from my mobile phone (S3). I took a lunchtime walk on Monday and again on Wednesday. The woods are carpeted in flowers.

The camera isn't great, but it was the one I had with me. Hopefully you get an idea of how magical it is to walk on a path through such an enchanting wood.

Walking in a wonderful wood

Snapshots from my mobile phone (S3). I took a lunchtime walk on Monday and again on Wednesday. The woods are carpeted in flowers.

The camera isn't great, but it was the one I had with me. Hopefully you get an idea of how magical it is to walk on a path through such an enchanting wood.___

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2015-04-15 20:08:01 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

This is a fascinating story of a cute, jungle mammal called the Olinguito.

One of the things that I find so interesting is that the material collected in 1923 enabled a researcher, who viewed it around 2010 to trigger an expedition in search of a new species of mammal. There were some scouting trips and an official expedition to Ecuador to view the animal in the wild. In 2013 the olinguito was officially recognized as a new species: 90 years after the original specimens were collected.  The reference (or holotype) for the species is at the American Museum of Natural History. 

I encourage you to take a few minutes when you get the chance to learn about it in this short (5:44), excellently produced video. 

Here is episode 4 of the Shelf Life video series: Skull of the Olinguito. Watch it now!___This is a fascinating story of a cute, jungle mammal called the Olinguito.

One of the things that I find so interesting is that the material collected in 1923 enabled a researcher, who viewed it around 2010 to trigger an expedition in search of a new species of mammal. There were some scouting trips and an official expedition to Ecuador to view the animal in the wild. In 2013 the olinguito was officially recognized as a new species: 90 years after the original specimens were collected.  The reference (or holotype) for the species is at the American Museum of Natural History. 

I encourage you to take a few minutes when you get the chance to learn about it in this short (5:44), excellently produced video. 

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2015-04-14 22:56:03 (27 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Step aside Thranduil, I'm fabulous

This starling and its kin owe their iridescent plumage to microscopic structures in the feathers. In this case in addition to the classic black, there's a green and a purple color.

Quick facts from National Geographic:

As light hits the feathers, it encounters several layers. At each one, some light gets reflected and the rest passes through. If the layers are evenly spaced, the reflected beams amplify each other to produce exceptionally strong colours, which can easily change depending on the distance between the layers or the angle they’re viewed from. This effect is called iridescence.

The layers mostly consist of small pigmented structures called melanosomes, which are found in all bird feathers. In their simplest form, they’re shaped like solid rods. But the starlings have added three types of deluxefea... more »

Step aside Thranduil, I'm fabulous

This starling and its kin owe their iridescent plumage to microscopic structures in the feathers. In this case in addition to the classic black, there's a green and a purple color.

Quick facts from National Geographic:

As light hits the feathers, it encounters several layers. At each one, some light gets reflected and the rest passes through. If the layers are evenly spaced, the reflected beams amplify each other to produce exceptionally strong colours, which can easily change depending on the distance between the layers or the angle they’re viewed from. This effect is called iridescence.

The layers mostly consist of small pigmented structures called melanosomes, which are found in all bird feathers. In their simplest form, they’re shaped like solid rods. But the starlings have added three types of deluxe features on top of this basic model. Some have evolved flatter melanosomes, which lets them pack more layers into the same space. Others have hollow melanosomes, which provide even more layers as light passes through solid walls and empty interiors. Yet others have melanosomes that are hollow and flattened.

The excerpts above and more here:
(http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/10/on-the-origin-of-really-shiny-species/) 

Edit: additional information from Cornell: 

Adding to the diversity of avian colors are colors produced by the structure of the feather. The best known example is the gorget (throat feathers) of many hummingbird species. The iridescent colors of the gorget are the result of the refraction of incident light caused by the microscopic structure of the feathers. The refraction works like a prism, splitting the light into rich, component colors. At certain angles little or no light is reflected back to the viewer and the gorget can appear black. As the viewing angle changes, the refracted light becomes visible in a glowing, shimmering iridescent display.
(http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/studying/feathers/color/document_view)

Have a great Wednesday!___

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2015-04-14 06:58:08 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Vanitas

A digital tribute to 16th century Dutch artists. What could be more fitting than a tulip?

Or if you prefer a modern text along the same lines then I think this quote from Ray Bradbury is an excellent fit:

Sunsets are loved because they vanish.
Flowers are loved because they go.
The dogs of the field and the cats of the kitchen are loved because soon they must depart.
These are not the sole reasons, 
but at the heart of morning welcomes
and afternoon laughters is the promise of farewell.
In the gray muzzle of an old dog we see goodbye.
In the tired face of an old friend we read long journeys beyond returns.
(Ray Bradbury, From the Dust Returned )

Sometimes people interpret my posts in ways that I do not intend, so let me be clear: I'm not depressed. In fact, I'm very happy to see everything blossoming.... more »

Vanitas

A digital tribute to 16th century Dutch artists. What could be more fitting than a tulip?

Or if you prefer a modern text along the same lines then I think this quote from Ray Bradbury is an excellent fit:

Sunsets are loved because they vanish.
Flowers are loved because they go.
The dogs of the field and the cats of the kitchen are loved because soon they must depart.
These are not the sole reasons, 
but at the heart of morning welcomes
and afternoon laughters is the promise of farewell.
In the gray muzzle of an old dog we see goodbye.
In the tired face of an old friend we read long journeys beyond returns.
(Ray Bradbury, From the Dust Returned )

Sometimes people interpret my posts in ways that I do not intend, so let me be clear: I'm not depressed. In fact, I'm very happy to see everything blossoming. It's a special time of year when the green returns to the world with a promise of a warm summer and a golden fall. 

We have an abundance of beautiful flowers right now. I see and could share new flowers every day. I appreciate them greatly for their form and color, but also, because they are here fleetingly. 

Enjoy the day!___

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2015-04-13 17:20:51 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Friends, Romans, GPlusverse

This is an article I wrote for the +EH Science team about a pair of European Green Woodpeckers, which I was fortunate enough to see a few weeks ago. 

I'm quite happy with how they edited the article to embed links and headings to the sections. It's much nicer than I could do on GPlus (although I love GPlus). 

Hopefully, you'll add +EH Science to your circles and the website to your science related feeds. 

Thanks and have a great Monday!

Friends, Romans, GPlusverse

This is an article I wrote for the +EH Science team about a pair of European Green Woodpeckers, which I was fortunate enough to see a few weeks ago. 

I'm quite happy with how they edited the article to embed links and headings to the sections. It's much nicer than I could do on GPlus (although I love GPlus). 

Hopefully, you'll add +EH Science to your circles and the website to your science related feeds. 

Thanks and have a great Monday!___

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2015-04-13 07:34:20 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Lightening Up

Have a great start to the week!

I spent a long time looking for a quote that I know I have seen, but alas I couldn't find it. I don't remember it exactly, but I think the gist of it was something along these lines:

"listen carefully to the honest words of a friend and seek to change"

If any of you happen to know a quote similar to that please let me know. I wasted too much time this morning looking for it. I just have to let it go for now. Which interestingly enough may be part of what my online friend was telling me. :-)

Have a great day!


Photo: shot with a 24 mm pancake lens which approximates the human eye's field of view on my crop format camera. Some lovely little flower perfectly content being who it is. :-) unpretentious beauty. 

Lightening Up

Have a great start to the week!

I spent a long time looking for a quote that I know I have seen, but alas I couldn't find it. I don't remember it exactly, but I think the gist of it was something along these lines:

"listen carefully to the honest words of a friend and seek to change"

If any of you happen to know a quote similar to that please let me know. I wasted too much time this morning looking for it. I just have to let it go for now. Which interestingly enough may be part of what my online friend was telling me. :-)

Have a great day!


Photo: shot with a 24 mm pancake lens which approximates the human eye's field of view on my crop format camera. Some lovely little flower perfectly content being who it is. :-) unpretentious beauty. ___

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2015-04-12 15:52:03 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

What we choose to see

I've waited a long time to show these flowers how pretty you are..
(Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear )

Like all humans I have an instinctual ability to simplify the world through the use of patterns. Reality is an illusion, but sometimes I find a pretty illusion to share with you. I give you this heart if you have eyes to see it.

Have a lovely day!


tags
+Deyana Deco : I believe you told me you like tulip stamens
+Liz C : red is your color
+Measie Elizabeth : yatp yet another tulip photo  

What we choose to see

I've waited a long time to show these flowers how pretty you are..
(Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear )

Like all humans I have an instinctual ability to simplify the world through the use of patterns. Reality is an illusion, but sometimes I find a pretty illusion to share with you. I give you this heart if you have eyes to see it.

Have a lovely day!


tags
+Deyana Deco : I believe you told me you like tulip stamens
+Liz C : red is your color
+Measie Elizabeth : yatp yet another tulip photo  ___

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2015-04-11 19:18:43 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Wilder Goldlack 

the plant that I asked people to help identify is an Erysimum cheiri or "Wallflower" or in German "Wilder Goldlack".

As promised here is a picture where you can see the leaves. It's just growing wild with some dandelions in an open spot near a sidewalk. 

Thanks to +Deyana Deco for identifying the plant. Special mention to +Cindy Schaefers for also providing a helpful tip.

I know you can all sleep better now. ;-)

Enjoy the weekend!

Wilder Goldlack 

the plant that I asked people to help identify is an Erysimum cheiri or "Wallflower" or in German "Wilder Goldlack".

As promised here is a picture where you can see the leaves. It's just growing wild with some dandelions in an open spot near a sidewalk. 

Thanks to +Deyana Deco for identifying the plant. Special mention to +Cindy Schaefers for also providing a helpful tip.

I know you can all sleep better now. ;-)

Enjoy the weekend!___

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2015-04-10 23:11:04 (31 comments, 14 reshares, 249 +1s)Open 

Tulip family

Happy #TulipSaturday! It's a great alternative for folks jaded by felines.

It's also a nice excuse for me to exceed my typical quota of one post a day. Have some sunshine, some flowers and a great weekend!


The bright folks behind Tulip Saturday 
+Measie Elizabeth , +Eustace James +Marilyn Benham 

Mistress of All Things Red
+Liz C  #allthingsred  

Tulip family

Happy #TulipSaturday! It's a great alternative for folks jaded by felines.

It's also a nice excuse for me to exceed my typical quota of one post a day. Have some sunshine, some flowers and a great weekend!


The bright folks behind Tulip Saturday 
+Measie Elizabeth , +Eustace James +Marilyn Benham 

Mistress of All Things Red
+Liz C  #allthingsred  ___

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2015-04-10 22:53:53 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Watching the stars with you

Seen Friday evening while walking near my house. If you zoom in, you might see a pair of mice looking at the big wheel of cheese in the sky.

Happy #Caturday! 

Watching the stars with you

Seen Friday evening while walking near my house. If you zoom in, you might see a pair of mice looking at the big wheel of cheese in the sky.

Happy #Caturday! ___

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2015-04-10 21:08:15 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Floral mystery

At least it's a mystery to me what kind of flower this is. At first I thought it was a weed, but it can't be, because I've probably had every kind of weed that exists grow in my yard. This was found on an evening walk in my neighborhood and not in my yard therefore it can't be a weed. My logic is impeccable even if my knowledge of plants is lacking. ;-)

Whatever it is, I thought it was lovely and I must admit that I like the way the shot turned out. 

#floralfriday  

Floral mystery

At least it's a mystery to me what kind of flower this is. At first I thought it was a weed, but it can't be, because I've probably had every kind of weed that exists grow in my yard. This was found on an evening walk in my neighborhood and not in my yard therefore it can't be a weed. My logic is impeccable even if my knowledge of plants is lacking. ;-)

Whatever it is, I thought it was lovely and I must admit that I like the way the shot turned out. 

#floralfriday  ___

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2015-04-10 20:18:08 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Octographer Overlords

They're smart. very smart. And they have eight "arms", which they can use independently. Wait until they discover multi-tasking.

Bonus points for naming a female octopus, Rambo. 

Octographer Overlords

They're smart. very smart. And they have eight "arms", which they can use independently. Wait until they discover multi-tasking.

Bonus points for naming a female octopus, Rambo. ___

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2015-04-09 22:27:01 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Mono no aware

This evening the first cherries blossoms started opening up on my trees. I shall enjoy the explosion of tree held clouds while they are here. 

Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. (Somerset Maugham)

Have a beautiful Friday!


Photo: almost ready. caught in the last light of the day. tomorrow they will probably be open. 

Mono no aware

This evening the first cherries blossoms started opening up on my trees. I shall enjoy the explosion of tree held clouds while they are here. 

Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. (Somerset Maugham)

Have a beautiful Friday!


Photo: almost ready. caught in the last light of the day. tomorrow they will probably be open. ___

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2015-04-09 19:58:50 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Throwback Thursday

Way back. 

#TBT  

Throwback Thursday

Way back. 

#TBT  ___

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2015-04-08 21:41:18 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in: what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars (Victor Hugo)

After excursions into birds and bees ( hey! it's Spring ), I figured I'd go back to an easier to consume and much less wordy post.

I've uploaded two versions of this photo. The high-res one is good if you'd like to explore the flower more. The low-res one is good for a GPlus "cover photo". You may use it for that purpose if you wish.

Also while updating my cover, I noticed that I've had over 5 Million views. While that's not a lot for many people on here, I certainly never expected that my postings would be seen that many times.

Do me a favor though: if I break down and start adding line after line of hashtags to my posts in order to get more views, be a friend and intervene or failing that,... more »

A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in: what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars (Victor Hugo)

After excursions into birds and bees ( hey! it's Spring ), I figured I'd go back to an easier to consume and much less wordy post.

I've uploaded two versions of this photo. The high-res one is good if you'd like to explore the flower more. The low-res one is good for a GPlus "cover photo". You may use it for that purpose if you wish.

Also while updating my cover, I noticed that I've had over 5 Million views. While that's not a lot for many people on here, I certainly never expected that my postings would be seen that many times.

Do me a favor though: if I break down and start adding line after line of hashtags to my posts in order to get more views, be a friend and intervene or failing that, "cap my virtual profile like Old Yeller".

Have a great Thorsday! (ok, 20 minutes early in my timezone, but in the grand scheme of things, it's no more than a heartbeat or two)

#thorsday     ___

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2015-04-08 19:59:06 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

+Karen Peck and anyone else interested in my little wild bee hotel, here's a picture of the piece of log I've hung up for the bees to make a home in.

Actually, my hotel isn't ideal, as the wood is beginning to split, but the bees have been using it for several years. You can see that some of the holes have are still (or again) stopped up by bees.

The holes are between 5 and 9 mm. They are as deep as the drill bit. They need to be spaced roughly 2 cm from each other (at least the larger ones). 

There are many other ways to provide wild bees with suitable "hotels". I've seen an orchard using tiles with holes in them. A neighbor at the end of the street has one with pieces of bamboo. I know my piece of log and the one in the orchard both have bees. I haven't checked the neighbor's.

Some helpful links in German and English:
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+Karen Peck and anyone else interested in my little wild bee hotel, here's a picture of the piece of log I've hung up for the bees to make a home in.

Actually, my hotel isn't ideal, as the wood is beginning to split, but the bees have been using it for several years. You can see that some of the holes have are still (or again) stopped up by bees.

The holes are between 5 and 9 mm. They are as deep as the drill bit. They need to be spaced roughly 2 cm from each other (at least the larger ones). 

There are many other ways to provide wild bees with suitable "hotels". I've seen an orchard using tiles with holes in them. A neighbor at the end of the street has one with pieces of bamboo. I know my piece of log and the one in the orchard both have bees. I haven't checked the neighbor's.

Some helpful links in German and English:

German
http://www.wildbee.ch/uploads/Nisthilfen-Anleitung_wildBee_.pdf

http://www.bienenhotel.de/html/beispiele.html

https://www.nabu.de/tiere-und-pflanzen/insekten-und-spinnen/hautfluegler/bienen/13704.html


English

http://www.foxleas.com/bee_house.htm

http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/thingstodo/intwohours/build-a-bee-hotel.aspx

http://www.inspirationgreen.com/insect-habitats.html

http://www.littleecofootprints.com/2014/05/how-to-build-a-native-solitary-bee-hotel.html___

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2015-04-07 22:31:33 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

Mason bee

This is the be that photobombed me. I dubbed it Kevin Spacey in honor of his skills at unexpectedly livening up photos.

I keep a wooden log that has been drilled out. Every year the wild bees make a nest in the holes. Every Spring I am blessed with industrious winged bits of fuzz flitting from flower to flower. 

I believe the example I am sharing with you to be a "mason bee". More specifically, I think it is a "Gehörnte Mauerbiene" (Osmia cornuta), but I'm making a best guess. These bees are solitary, wild bees. 


Links

German
http://www.wildbienen.info/steckbriefe/osmia_cornuta.php
http://www.wildbienen.de/eb-osmia.htm  
http://www.wildbienenschutz.de/wildbienen/nest-der-mauerbiene.html (shows the nests)
http://www.wildbienen.de/wbi-p311.htm (examples of mites)
E... more »

Mason bee

This is the be that photobombed me. I dubbed it Kevin Spacey in honor of his skills at unexpectedly livening up photos.

I keep a wooden log that has been drilled out. Every year the wild bees make a nest in the holes. Every Spring I am blessed with industrious winged bits of fuzz flitting from flower to flower. 

I believe the example I am sharing with you to be a "mason bee". More specifically, I think it is a "Gehörnte Mauerbiene" (Osmia cornuta), but I'm making a best guess. These bees are solitary, wild bees. 


Links

German
http://www.wildbienen.info/steckbriefe/osmia_cornuta.php
http://www.wildbienen.de/eb-osmia.htm  
http://www.wildbienenschutz.de/wildbienen/nest-der-mauerbiene.html (shows the nests)
http://www.wildbienen.de/wbi-p311.htm (examples of mites)

English
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_bee
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmia_cornuta

French
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmia_cornuta


Photo
The bee on a willow catkin. If you look closely, you can see some mites on the bee at the thorax. Mites are quite common parasites on wild bees. ___

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2015-04-06 22:24:18 (36 comments, 2 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Blame it on Shakespeare

This is an European Starling ( Sturnus vulgaris ) with its winter coloration still visible. In the winter-time starlings have white spots on their iridescent plumage. As you may have picked up from the Latin name, it is internationally referred to as a Common Starling, but for reasons which will hopefully be clearer soon, I choose to refer to this example in its native habitat as an European Starling. 

Why though , you may be asking yourself, did he entitle this 'Blame it on Shakespeare' ?  I promise to address that by the end of this post. It seems that when I post something related to animals I photograph, one or more people invariably feel the need to tell me how horrible such and such an animal is. The animal isn't horrible; it exists and does the best it can to survive. Are we humans any different? Usually what people are complaininga... more »

Blame it on Shakespeare

This is an European Starling ( Sturnus vulgaris ) with its winter coloration still visible. In the winter-time starlings have white spots on their iridescent plumage. As you may have picked up from the Latin name, it is internationally referred to as a Common Starling, but for reasons which will hopefully be clearer soon, I choose to refer to this example in its native habitat as an European Starling. 

Why though , you may be asking yourself, did he entitle this 'Blame it on Shakespeare' ?  I promise to address that by the end of this post. It seems that when I post something related to animals I photograph, one or more people invariably feel the need to tell me how horrible such and such an animal is. The animal isn't horrible; it exists and does the best it can to survive. Are we humans any different? Usually what people are complaining about is an introduced species out-competing native fauna. Yes, that can be a problem, but who created the issue in the first place? As unlikely as it may seem Shakespeare is part of the story of the starling becoming a pest in one area. 

Starlings and Humans

Starlings are excellent natural pest control for agriculture. They control rapacious insects. In large flocks they can also be a problem for farmers as they will eat grapes, peaches, olives, tomatoes and more. 

Starlings also are excellent mimics and have even been trained to repeat phrases. Here are a few examples from the Wikipedia article at the end of this post.

In the medieval Welsh Mabinogion, Branwen tamed a common starling, "taught it words", and sent it across the Irish Sea with a message to her brothers, Bran and Manawydan, who then sailed from Wales to Ireland to rescue her.
...
in Henry IV, William Shakespeare had Hotspur declare "The king forbade my tongue to speak of Mortimer. But I will find him when he is asleep, and in his ear I'll holler 'Mortimer!' Nay I'll have a starling shall be taught to speak nothing but Mortimer, and give it to him to keep his anger still in motion."

Mozart too kept a pet starling, which could sing part of his Piano Concerto in G Major Also from the Wikipedia article regarding Mozart and his starling: It has been suggested that his A Musical Joke (K. 522) might be written in the comical, inconsequential style of a starling's vocalisation. 

Misguided Introductions

Because of the starling's ability to control insect pests it was often introduced into new areas by humans. Sometimes it was indeed beneficial. Other times it became a pest.

Starlings have been introduced to South America, the West Indies, South Africa, Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand. Most notably, it was also introduced to North America, where it has been so successful that approximately half of today's global population exists. 

The North American introduction is directly related to a love of Shakespeare's works. 

After two failed attempts, about 60 Common starlings were released in 1890 into New York's Central Park by Eugene Schieffelin. He was president of the American Acclimatization Society, which tried to introduce every bird species mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare into North America ... The original 60 birds have since swelled in number to 150 million, occupying an area extending from southern Canada and Alaska to Central America. (wikipedia)


Links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_starling

http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdguide/name/s/starling/ 

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/European_Starling/sounds  (various recordings)

https://youtu.be/1VZYG00_qvE (video of a starling repeating phrases: "hey buddy", "whatcha doing", "give me kiss")


Photo

I saw this one in an orchard area along with other birds, which were digging in the soil for worms, grubs and early insect pests. This individual is most likely an adult male in transitional plumage. The yellow beak with a bluish base is characteristic of male starlings. The spangled white pattern is from the winter plumage. The white spots will almost completely disappear in the summer. 

My hope is that people appreciate the beauty of the bird, as I saw it in its native environment in Germany. It belongs here; it has coexisted with humans for millennia and I find it a beautiful, wondrous creature. ___

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2015-04-05 22:52:34 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Passing through

It felt like it was time for a change from flowers. The other day it was sunny when grey was forecast. I felt like a strong urge to get outside, but didn't have anything particular in mind. I wound up just driving around: first towards Tübingen then back through the Ammerbuch area towards Herrenberg. 

I learned that most places don't have leaves or blossoms on the trees yet, so I'll just have to be patient a little longer. I happened to see the Stiftskirche at a nice angle from the road south of Herrenberg, so I pulled off the road and walked a path up a hill and into an orchard. 

It was definitely worth it. In addition to a different angle on the Stiftskirche than you normally see, I was also blessed with some fine feathered friends. Here you see one of the two Mäusebussards I was lucky enough to observe. I also saw two Grünspechteand ... more »

Passing through

It felt like it was time for a change from flowers. The other day it was sunny when grey was forecast. I felt like a strong urge to get outside, but didn't have anything particular in mind. I wound up just driving around: first towards Tübingen then back through the Ammerbuch area towards Herrenberg. 

I learned that most places don't have leaves or blossoms on the trees yet, so I'll just have to be patient a little longer. I happened to see the Stiftskirche at a nice angle from the road south of Herrenberg, so I pulled off the road and walked a path up a hill and into an orchard. 

It was definitely worth it. In addition to a different angle on the Stiftskirche than you normally see, I was also blessed with some fine feathered friends. Here you see one of the two Mäusebussards I was lucky enough to observe. I also saw two Grünspechte and some Starlings. You'll probably see them later in the week.

Another observation: it's astonishing how much muck my shoes can pick up. I see to have a knack for finding mud. maybe it's my inner Calvin  I spent about 20 minutes cleaning the shoes with running water and a stiff brush. I pulled two handfuls of straw, twigs and pebbles out of the sink. 

Have a great Monday!___

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2015-04-05 10:27:46 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Tulip in the snow

I hope you're having a lovely day. I wanted to add a little light to your stream today. Last week we had some capricious weather: one minute grey, almost black with powerful winds, then cold and snowy, then suddenly still and sunny.

Here you can see the cup of the tulip is filled with snow. The yard is bright and sparkling from the sunlight reflecting off the snow.  

Unfortunately, the winds damaged the tulips that were already open, but new ones are coming. The cherries and apples haven't blossomed yet, so I have them to look forward to too.

Have a great Sunday and if you celebrate Passover or Easter may it be an especially good day for your celebrations!

Tulip in the snow

I hope you're having a lovely day. I wanted to add a little light to your stream today. Last week we had some capricious weather: one minute grey, almost black with powerful winds, then cold and snowy, then suddenly still and sunny.

Here you can see the cup of the tulip is filled with snow. The yard is bright and sparkling from the sunlight reflecting off the snow.  

Unfortunately, the winds damaged the tulips that were already open, but new ones are coming. The cherries and apples haven't blossomed yet, so I have them to look forward to too.

Have a great Sunday and if you celebrate Passover or Easter may it be an especially good day for your celebrations!___

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2015-04-04 19:10:35 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Photobombed by a bee ( I shall name it Kevin Spacey )

During one of our rare interludes of sunshine I was experimenting a little. I was under a willow's "catkin" shooting upwards to get a different angle when this bee flew into the picture just as I pressed the trigger for the shutter. 

Of course, I followed the bee around after that. (I'll probably share one of those pictures tomorrow.) It was a wild bee, which I was happy to see. Apparently several varieties specialize in the willows in the early Spring. 

Photobombed by a bee ( I shall name it Kevin Spacey )

During one of our rare interludes of sunshine I was experimenting a little. I was under a willow's "catkin" shooting upwards to get a different angle when this bee flew into the picture just as I pressed the trigger for the shutter. 

Of course, I followed the bee around after that. (I'll probably share one of those pictures tomorrow.) It was a wild bee, which I was happy to see. Apparently several varieties specialize in the willows in the early Spring. ___

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2015-04-03 22:07:33 (19 comments, 20 reshares, 1197 +1s)Open 

And metaphors like cats behind your smile,
Each one wound up to purr,
each one a pride,
Each one a fine gold beast you've hid inside
(Ray Bradbury)

Since I can't beat them, I might as well join in for #caturday plus a bit of reflected street street photography fun. 

Have a great Saturday!

Photo. the text says "Feed me, I'm famous" for those, who can't zoom or see it well. 

And metaphors like cats behind your smile,
Each one wound up to purr,
each one a pride,
Each one a fine gold beast you've hid inside
(Ray Bradbury)

Since I can't beat them, I might as well join in for #caturday plus a bit of reflected street street photography fun. 

Have a great Saturday!

Photo. the text says "Feed me, I'm famous" for those, who can't zoom or see it well. ___

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2015-04-03 09:15:09 (23 comments, 3 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Lazy Day

I'm off to a very sluggish start and enjoying a lazy morning. I did make waffles though: that counts for something, right? Unexpectedly, I've been blessed with blue skies and warm temperatures, so I better get myself going and take advantage of this lovely day. slothful inertia all I really want to do right now is stretch out and take a nap in the sunshine. perhaps I'm actually a bear

Have a great day!

Lazy Day

I'm off to a very sluggish start and enjoying a lazy morning. I did make waffles though: that counts for something, right? Unexpectedly, I've been blessed with blue skies and warm temperatures, so I better get myself going and take advantage of this lovely day. slothful inertia all I really want to do right now is stretch out and take a nap in the sunshine. perhaps I'm actually a bear

Have a great day!___

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2015-04-01 22:58:02 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

A Promise Kept

Several days ago, I mentioned some possible photo shares, because I had had a very lucky day for photos. +Elisabeth Schabus wished for the "dramatic sky" shot. I actually took six or seven shots all with different settings on manual, because I wasn't sure what I would be able to capture of the light streaming through the clouds and the dark sky if I left the exposure to the camera. This was my favorite shot.

I also went looking for a quote or poem to go with this. I was simultaneously listening to my music library when an old Herbert Grönemeyer song popped up. It's a bit "schmaltzig" (sentimental), but he has some great text and there is a cello and strings on the recording. That will almost always hook me. Anyway, for those of you, who feel like exploring the song, but don't understand German, I've got the German lyrics andm... more »

A Promise Kept

Several days ago, I mentioned some possible photo shares, because I had had a very lucky day for photos. +Elisabeth Schabus wished for the "dramatic sky" shot. I actually took six or seven shots all with different settings on manual, because I wasn't sure what I would be able to capture of the light streaming through the clouds and the dark sky if I left the exposure to the camera. This was my favorite shot.

I also went looking for a quote or poem to go with this. I was simultaneously listening to my music library when an old Herbert Grönemeyer song popped up. It's a bit "schmaltzig" (sentimental), but he has some great text and there is a cello and strings on the recording. That will almost always hook me. Anyway, for those of you, who feel like exploring the song, but don't understand German, I've got the German lyrics and my best effort at an English translation (see below). Or skip to the very end and watch the video.


Der Weg  
The Journey

Ich kann nicht mehr sehen
I can not see any more
Trau nicht mehr meinen Augen
Don't believe my eyes
Kann kaum noch glauben
Can hardly believe
Gefühle haben sich gedreht
Feelings have changed
Ich bin viel zu träge
I am much too slow
Um aufzugeben
to give up
Es wäre auch zu früh
It would be too soon
Weil immer was geht
Because there is always a way


Wir waren verschworen
We were sworn
Wären füreinander gestorben
Would have died for each other
Haben den Regen gebogen
Bent the rain into rainbows
Uns Vertrauen geliehen
Gave each other trust
Wir haben versucht
We tried to
Auf der Schussfahrt zu wenden
Turn on the downhill run
Nichts war zu spät
Nothing was too late
Aber vieles zu früh
but much too early

Wir haben uns geschoben
We pushed on
Durch alle Gezeiten
Through all tides
Haben uns verzettelt
We spread ourselves too thin
Uns verzweifelt geliebt
desperately loving
Wir haben die Wahrheit
We avoided the truth
So gut es ging verlogen
as well as we could
Es war ein Stück vom Himmel
It was a piece of heaven
Dass es dich gibt
that you exist

Du hast jeden Raum
You filled every
Mit Sonne geflutet
room with sunshine
Hast jeden Verdruss
turned every frustration
Ins Gegenteil verkehrt
into its opposite

Nordisch nobel
Nordic noble
Deine sanftmütige Güte
Your gentle kindness
Dein unbändiger Stolz
Your untamed pride
Das Leben ist nicht fair
Life is not fair

Den Film getanzt
Danced the film
In einem silbernen Raum
In a silver room
Vom goldenen Balkon
From a golden balcony
Die Unendlichkeit bestaunt
Wondered at infinity
Heillos versunken, trunken
Hopelessly absorbed, intoxicated  
Und alles war erlaubt
And everything was allowed 
Zusammen im Zeitraffer
Together in time lapse
Mittsommernachtstraum
Mid-summer night's dream


Du hast jeden Raum
You filled every
Mit Sonne geflutet
Room with sunshine
Hast jeden Verdruss
Turned every frustration
Ins Gegenteil verkehrt
Into its opposite

Nordisch nobel
Nordic noble
Deine sanftmütige Güte
Your gentle kindness
Dein unbändiger Stolz
Your untamed pride
Das Leben ist nicht fair
Life is not fair

Dein sicherer Gang
Your confident walk
Deine wahren Gedichte
Your true poems
Deine heitere Würde
Your serene dignity
Dein unerschütterliches Geschick
Your unwavering skill 

Du hast der Fügung
You turned your face
Deine Stirn geboten
Against Fate
Hast ihn nie verraten
Never revealed
Deinen Plan vom Glück
Your plan for happiness
Deinen Plan vom Glück
Your plan for happiness 

Ich gehe nicht weg
I am not going away
Hab' meine Frist verlängert
I've extended my time limit 
Neue Zeitreise
New trip through time
Offene Welt
Open world
Habe dich sicher
Have you securely
In meiner Seele
In my soul
Ich trag' dich bei mir
I carry you with me
Bis der Vorhang fällt
Until the curtain falls
Ich trag' dich bei mir
I carry you with me
Bis der Vorhang fällt
Until the curtain falls

Herbert Gronemeyer : Mensch (2002) 

Video Links
Outside Germany/with VPN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC81i2M30Bc

Inside Germany
http://www.universal-music.de/herbert-groenemeyer/videos/detail/video:314458/der-weg ___

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2015-03-31 22:16:26 (25 comments, 15 reshares, 172 +1s)Open 

First blossoms

Friday the 27th, I saw the first cherry blossoms in town. I still don't have any on my trees, but they will come soon. My guess is within a week. In the meantime we're having very heavy winds and may get snow again. Oh well, it's a fickle time of year.

I'm sneaking this post in during the wee hours of Wednesday, because you never know what the morning will be like. Have a great Wednesday wherever and whenever it finds you!

+Kalani Bijoux  :-)

+Deyana Deco : you're on to my trick with the backgrounds...

First blossoms

Friday the 27th, I saw the first cherry blossoms in town. I still don't have any on my trees, but they will come soon. My guess is within a week. In the meantime we're having very heavy winds and may get snow again. Oh well, it's a fickle time of year.

I'm sneaking this post in during the wee hours of Wednesday, because you never know what the morning will be like. Have a great Wednesday wherever and whenever it finds you!

+Kalani Bijoux  :-)

+Deyana Deco : you're on to my trick with the backgrounds...___

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2015-03-31 22:04:23 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Valuable Photography Coaching

for the TL;DR crowd

an excerpt from the transcript of Mike Browne's recent video:
I want to get you inspired to try things and stop worrying about which camera or lens or shutter speed or aperture. I want you to be inspired to try them out for yourselves and find what works because that’s how you’ll learn photography and fulfil your dreams. Endless research and questions is just sneaky because it’s procrastination in disguise. 


For folks who still have time to read

The other day I wrote a post showing a tulip I photographed and a particular approach I used to get the finished product. I got some additional advice from +Eve Aebi (thank you). +Sean Story also commented and led me to +Mike Browne , one of those photographers, who really is an expert. Mike is someone, who shares his knowledgein a very... more »

Valuable Photography Coaching

for the TL;DR crowd

an excerpt from the transcript of Mike Browne's recent video:
I want to get you inspired to try things and stop worrying about which camera or lens or shutter speed or aperture. I want you to be inspired to try them out for yourselves and find what works because that’s how you’ll learn photography and fulfil your dreams. Endless research and questions is just sneaky because it’s procrastination in disguise. 


For folks who still have time to read

The other day I wrote a post showing a tulip I photographed and a particular approach I used to get the finished product. I got some additional advice from +Eve Aebi (thank you). +Sean Story also commented and led me to +Mike Browne , one of those photographers, who really is an expert. Mike is someone, who shares his knowledge in a very engaging manner. 

I've viewed only two of his two hundred (200!) free videos so far. Mike has great videos and an easy to understand approach to explaining photography. If you're interested in improving as a photographer (and who isn't?) he's certainly someone you should check out. Sure, he would like to earn some money too, but he also shares a lot that is available for free. Mike has some interesting sites for his workshops. There's an upcoming one in the Zürich area 11-12 April. It's a short notice for me, but I'm thinking about it. Or an Iceland workshop! Just missed the 2015 one, but he seems to be planning one in 2016. I encourage you to check out his site, esp. the video section. 
 ___

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2015-03-30 23:07:48 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

For the winds that awakened the stars
Are blowing through my blood
                                        (W.B. Yeats)

Yes, I know those lines are from a lamentation. I have seized upon them and used them out of context, because I find them so beautiful. Those two lines on their own take on a different meaning for me: one of renewal and birth.

Photo: Awakening 

For the winds that awakened the stars
Are blowing through my blood
                                        (W.B. Yeats)

Yes, I know those lines are from a lamentation. I have seized upon them and used them out of context, because I find them so beautiful. Those two lines on their own take on a different meaning for me: one of renewal and birth.

Photo: Awakening ___

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2015-03-29 23:13:59 (46 comments, 2 reshares, 122 +1s)Open 

Carried in my heart

I've been a bit technical and tending a slightly towards shadows lately. Today I'll go with a lighter image and poetry to show another approach to tulips. I had no idea how many people like tulips until this weekend

i carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
                                                     
i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the budand the sky of the sky of ... more »

Carried in my heart

I've been a bit technical and tending a slightly towards shadows lately. Today I'll go with a lighter image and poetry to show another approach to tulips. I had no idea how many people like tulips until this weekend

i carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
                                                     
i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
                                                  e.e. cummings

e.e.'s poem made me think of a simpler medieval German poem with similar sentiments. English translation and all associated errors mine:

Dû bist mîn

Dû bist mîn, ich bin dîn.
You are mine, I am thine

des solt dû gewis sîn.
You should be sure of that.

dû bist beslozzen
You are locked

in mînem herzen,
in my heart

verlorn ist das sluzzelîn:
the key has been lost

dû muost ouch immêr darinne sîn.
you must remain in there forever. 

Thanks for reading so far. I have a few other shots ready to share (no fear, I can do something besides tulips). I have some cherry blossom buds, two cherry blossoms (first I have seen), a daffodil or the possibility to switch to other subjects (dramatic clouds and more). Any preferences?? please let me know in the comments below.

Have a great start to the week! Wishing you love, light and something beautiful to make your day better.

Photo

This one includes background bokeh (diffuse "blobs" of light). I was able to isolate the foreground tulip with a dark background while getting lots of light around the tulip in the background at the lower right. I liked the "echoing" between the two and that they seem to be leaning in towards each other. Photography is mostly interpretation in my book.___

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2015-03-29 10:27:19 (42 comments, 12 reshares, 151 +1s)Open 

Tulip Tip or Two

If you're a beginner and wondering about taking a flower photo, maybe this will help with a few things. 

Ramblings of an amateur

Let's get this straight first: I'm a shutter bug not an expert. There are much better photographers, who can blow away anything I do both creatively and technically. However, I can share a few things I've picked up that might help at least technically if you're beginning.  

Basics

1. It's not about your equipment. I can point you to photographers, who do superior work on mobile phones to people with expensive DSLRs. Find something you like and photograph it. Don't worry about which brand of camera, etc. The more you shoot, the more you'll learn. Soon you'll get what you set out to get most of the time!

2. Look for light and color. Light ands... more »

Tulip Tip or Two

If you're a beginner and wondering about taking a flower photo, maybe this will help with a few things. 

Ramblings of an amateur

Let's get this straight first: I'm a shutter bug not an expert. There are much better photographers, who can blow away anything I do both creatively and technically. However, I can share a few things I've picked up that might help at least technically if you're beginning.  

Basics

1. It's not about your equipment. I can point you to photographers, who do superior work on mobile phones to people with expensive DSLRs. Find something you like and photograph it. Don't worry about which brand of camera, etc. The more you shoot, the more you'll learn. Soon you'll get what you set out to get most of the time!

2. Look for light and color. Light and shadows if you are going for black and white

3. Flower macros are best with morning sun or a late afternoon sun. The sun will be low and let you work with side lighting and shadows. It's also less harsh than midday. (there are always exceptions, i.e. a sunflower or similar). If you want dew then you must get up "early" in the morning (seasonally dependent).

4. Patience helps: take time to look for an interesting flower / angle / background.

5. A tripod is advisable. A tripod minimizes, changes in distance, allows for longer exposures, etc.. That being said, maybe you're lazy like me and want to shoot handheld. Possibly the physical constraints of the place you want to shoot (like in this case) preclude a tripod setup. It can be done, but you still may want to look at a monopod or find some surface to lean against. 

Camera settings

I assume you have some control over your camera settings. If you don't, don't worry: shoot something nice and skip to "post processing". 

1. Know what you want. You can shoot everything on automatic, but if you want a particular depth of field, you'll probably want to adjust the Aperture

a. Do you want those creamy blobs of light (aka bokeh) in the background? Open up the aperture as wide as you can. Anything with an f1 or f2 will probably work, e.g. f1.4, f2.8.

b.  Do you want everything in focus? Macro shots often have very shallow depth of field. If you don't want that then you want to use a small aperture like f11. You'll almost certainly want a tripod or surface to help you with the longer exposure.

2. Setting the exposure time . If you are shooting wide open (f1.x or f2.x) you'll probably need a very short time to avoid overexposure. Likewise if you are shooting at f11+ you'll probably need a long time to get enough light. In either of those cases, I recommend a tripod.

For handheld shots the middle apertures (f3 to f8) usually work. A good rule of thumb is to shoot at least as fast as 1 / focal length . Example: you use a 100mm lens then you would want at least 1/100 sec to minimize blur due to moving. If you use a 50mm then 1/50 sec works. Of course if you can shoot at 1/200 sec then your image is even less likely to be blurry.

3. If your camera supports it, I highly recommend shooting with RAW enabled. The camera captures a lot more information in a RAW file than goes into the JPEG.

Post Processing

There are a lot of options here. GIMP, Photoshop Elements, DXO, Lightroom, Photoshop, etc. I'm not going to go into that or special types of processing like stitching photos together, stacking and focus stacking. Other people do that better and the scope exceeds what I can do in a single post anyway.

Please take a look at my photo for a practical discussion.

On the left you have the tulip as I shot it. This is the JPEG from the camera. It's ok, but it doesn't match what I saw and certainly not what I want the end result to look like.

In the middle you have the RAW image imported into Photoshop (but any program that can handle RAW files would work). PS has a default of applying an "Adobe Standard" to files. It's good for a lot of things, but I feel it punches up my images in some cases. It makes them brighter than I like. In such cases, I go to the tab and select "Camera Faithful", which reflects what the camera captured. Note how much more detail is available in the image than the JPEG straight out of the camera. (This is far more apparent on the full sized images than on these downsized ones). 

On the right, you see the image after I did my post processing. Certainly this is a matter of taste and you may have chosen a different effect (or none at all).

What did I do here? I used a very simple effect that lets you combine the image with a duplicate image layer. You can control the intensity of the effect by changing the "Opacity" slider on a scale of 0 to 100%.

The effect I chose is the "multiply" effect. Essentially the pixels in the two images are multiplied then divided by 255 (8 bits). The net result is a darkening of the image, which let me essentially create a uniform dark background and isoltate the tulip in the foreground. It also helped a bit with seeing the texture and the dew drops. 

Conclusion

I've learned a lot from others, so I tried to share a few things I do, which might be helpful to other hobbyists and beginners. Here are the key points:

1. Know what you want:
a. shallow depth of field and creamy bokeh,
b. intermediate depth of field
c. extensive depth of field and no bokeh

2. find a good combination of light and color or light and shadows

3. use the 1 / focal length rule to minimize blurry shots

4. shoot and edit RAW when you can. there is more information to work with. 

5. try things out in post processing. you can be creative and have fun experimenting. 

Finally, photography is a fun hobby. enjoy yourself!

*
Bonus photo information for those who really want details:

Camera: Canon EOS7D MkII
Lens: EF 100 mm f2.8 macro  (no image stabilizer, not the "L" version)

Program Mode ("P" on the dial) <<< note that I just used an automatic mode and drove the exposure by selecting the focus point and using

Spot metering  <<< I choose a single point and let that drive the exposure

ISO 100  <<< this is as low as my camera goes. it minimizes noise and improves image quality in good light. 

f5 <<< I did check this in the viewfinder before shooting. I know in the f5 to f8 range that my lens is sharp and I get more than just a narrow strip in focus, so I was happy with this choice by the camera's P mode. 

1/400 sec  <<< this was great. I knew there would be limited shake while handholding

no flash  <<< I definitely didn't want additional light in this case. 

Original image size 3648 x 5472 pixels. <<< I shoot at full resolution then crop or downsize images to share on GPlus. 

#MacroPhotoTips   #BeginnerPhotoTips  ___

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2015-03-28 08:22:01 (52 comments, 28 reshares, 342 +1s)Open 

Alternative to Caturday

Thanks to +Measie Elizabeth , +Eustace James and +Marilyn Benham we have #TulipSaturday  as an alternative to more cats. Variety, spice, the spice must flow and all that...

Thanks to Persephone, I finally have the first tulips preparing to unfold their petals in my garden. Right now, I count four small, tightly wrapped tulips, but more will be on the way. I also saw my first cherry blossom in town yesterday. My trees still appear to need a few more days, but it can't be long now. 

Have a great start to the weekend!


Photo
vertical photos are not optimal on GPlus, but I didn't want to compromise with a wider shot to fit it in horizontally. Handheld shot from my basement window with an EF100mm macro on 7DMk2 on Friday morning. 


Post Processing Info 

If you areinteres... more »

Alternative to Caturday

Thanks to +Measie Elizabeth , +Eustace James and +Marilyn Benham we have #TulipSaturday  as an alternative to more cats. Variety, spice, the spice must flow and all that...

Thanks to Persephone, I finally have the first tulips preparing to unfold their petals in my garden. Right now, I count four small, tightly wrapped tulips, but more will be on the way. I also saw my first cherry blossom in town yesterday. My trees still appear to need a few more days, but it can't be long now. 

Have a great start to the weekend!


Photo
vertical photos are not optimal on GPlus, but I didn't want to compromise with a wider shot to fit it in horizontally. Handheld shot from my basement window with an EF100mm macro on 7DMk2 on Friday morning. 


Post Processing Info 

If you are interested in the details, the photo was edited as follows:

1. imported into Photoshop using camera RAW
  a. selected camera faithful instead of Adobe's punched up standard
  b. set clarity +10 
2. cropped to a 3840x2160 format to prepare for an HD share
3. applied multiply 100  (makes the background darker. the original was ok, but I thought this helps concentrate on the tulip)
4. resized the photo down to 1920x1080
 
In this case it is the multiply function that really makes the big difference between what I shot and what you see posted. Consider it artistic license with disclosure. ___

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2015-03-26 07:19:40 (31 comments, 4 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Something other than crocuses

It's been a challenging week so far. Hoping things improve soon. On the upside, the weekend is near.

Have a great Thursday!


Photo: shot with a telephoto through a fence one afternoon when I was chasing raptors. Not your classic flower photo, but at least it's an alternative to more crocuses. Reasonably soon, I should have tulips and cherry blossoms and apple blossoms, but right now: crocuses are the only blossoms in my yard. 

Something other than crocuses

It's been a challenging week so far. Hoping things improve soon. On the upside, the weekend is near.

Have a great Thursday!


Photo: shot with a telephoto through a fence one afternoon when I was chasing raptors. Not your classic flower photo, but at least it's an alternative to more crocuses. Reasonably soon, I should have tulips and cherry blossoms and apple blossoms, but right now: crocuses are the only blossoms in my yard. ___

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2015-03-24 07:26:52 (35 comments, 14 reshares, 115 +1s)Open 

Updated Eclipse Animation

this was taken near Stuttgart, Germany therefore it is only a partial eclipse (~71% at maximum)

I did not do a time lapse nor did I film the eclipse, however I have created a short animation out of 124 photos. I mainly did this to share with the folks at the office, who came over to watch the eclipse with me. As it may not load fast enough to be easy to view if I use a higher resolution, I've chosen to upload a 360x360 pixel version. UPDATE: this is a new post as +Gizmo the Sane reworked the animation to create a less jittery sequence. Thank you, +Gizmo the Sane !

I'll disable new comments on the older post, because I didn't see a way to replace the photo. 

Updated Eclipse Animation

this was taken near Stuttgart, Germany therefore it is only a partial eclipse (~71% at maximum)

I did not do a time lapse nor did I film the eclipse, however I have created a short animation out of 124 photos. I mainly did this to share with the folks at the office, who came over to watch the eclipse with me. As it may not load fast enough to be easy to view if I use a higher resolution, I've chosen to upload a 360x360 pixel version. UPDATE: this is a new post as +Gizmo the Sane reworked the animation to create a less jittery sequence. Thank you, +Gizmo the Sane !

I'll disable new comments on the older post, because I didn't see a way to replace the photo. ___

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2015-03-23 23:57:01 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Eclipse animation EDIT: PLEASE VIEW NEWER LESS JITTERY VERSION INSTEAD. 

this was taken neat Stuttgart, Germany therefore it is only a partial eclipse (~71% at maximum)

I did not do a time lapse nor did I film the eclipse, however I have created a short animation out of 124 photos. I mainly did this to share with the folks at the office, who came over to watch the eclipse with me. As it may not load fast enough to be easy to view if I use a higher resolution, I've chosen to upload a 360x360 pixel version.

I hope you had a good Monday and wish you an even better Tuesday!

Eclipse animation EDIT: PLEASE VIEW NEWER LESS JITTERY VERSION INSTEAD. 

this was taken neat Stuttgart, Germany therefore it is only a partial eclipse (~71% at maximum)

I did not do a time lapse nor did I film the eclipse, however I have created a short animation out of 124 photos. I mainly did this to share with the folks at the office, who came over to watch the eclipse with me. As it may not load fast enough to be easy to view if I use a higher resolution, I've chosen to upload a 360x360 pixel version.

I hope you had a good Monday and wish you an even better Tuesday!___

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2015-03-23 07:59:12 (41 comments, 3 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

On your six

There are actually three birds involved in this aerial pursuit. There's a crow off the image to the right being pursued by the red kite and another crow is coming in as "wingman" behind to kite. It was quite interesting to watch them turning and chasing each other. When the kite got tired of it, it tucked in its wings and accelerated away in a dive. 

I thought the image was dramatic enough to share despite some technical flaws. I couldn't decide whether to go with color or switch to BW on this one, but eventually left it in color. Technically, the image wasn't as clean as I would have liked (not sharply focused and noisy). That's mostly because it was my first outing with an extender (1.4x) and obviously, I have a learning curve on how to deal with the slower focus and loss of light. I'll get there with a bit more practice. I tried tou... more »

On your six

There are actually three birds involved in this aerial pursuit. There's a crow off the image to the right being pursued by the red kite and another crow is coming in as "wingman" behind to kite. It was quite interesting to watch them turning and chasing each other. When the kite got tired of it, it tucked in its wings and accelerated away in a dive. 

I thought the image was dramatic enough to share despite some technical flaws. I couldn't decide whether to go with color or switch to BW on this one, but eventually left it in color. Technically, the image wasn't as clean as I would have liked (not sharply focused and noisy). That's mostly because it was my first outing with an extender (1.4x) and obviously, I have a learning curve on how to deal with the slower focus and loss of light. I'll get there with a bit more practice. I tried to use some processing techniques, which I saw in photography circles to improve it (second layer with high pass filter, noise reduction, sharpening), but there too I'm a beginner. We all are at one time though, right?

I hope you have a good start to the week! ___

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2015-03-22 14:20:42 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Running crab spider

I imagine a few of you are running. What a shame, because this harmless spider actually helps keep away pests.

The spider pictured caught my eye during the eclipse on Friday. Yes, I actually looked around and not just at the sky. It was on a concrete support on the park deck near where I setup my tripod. At first I thought it was an odd looking crab spider, because of how it held itself prior to the picture, but the more I looked the more I wondered what it was. 

After some internet research, I think it may be a Philodromus dispar known in English as a "Running crab spider". My guess is that it wound up on top of the park deck as a spiderling by "ballooning", a technique hatchlings use to disperse. They hold their abdomen in the air and eject multiple strands of silk. The spiders are then carried off on the wind. Once it... more »

Running crab spider

I imagine a few of you are running. What a shame, because this harmless spider actually helps keep away pests.

The spider pictured caught my eye during the eclipse on Friday. Yes, I actually looked around and not just at the sky. It was on a concrete support on the park deck near where I setup my tripod. At first I thought it was an odd looking crab spider, because of how it held itself prior to the picture, but the more I looked the more I wondered what it was. 

After some internet research, I think it may be a Philodromus dispar known in English as a "Running crab spider". My guess is that it wound up on top of the park deck as a spiderling by "ballooning", a technique hatchlings use to disperse. They hold their abdomen in the air and eject multiple strands of silk. The spiders are then carried off on the wind. Once it landed on the park deck it must have found enough insects near the lights to prosper. 

Based on the coloring this appears to me to be a female. The male is darker (almost black on top) and has a white underside. (male vs female c.f. jorgenlissner.dk site below). 

One of the features of these Philodromidae spiders is that the second pair of legs is longer than the first pair. The spiders can spin webs, but are known as running spiders, because they actively hunt their prey.  There is a distinction between the genus Philodromus and the similar shaped (to me) Thanatus , which has to do with the eyes. "Posterior lateral eyes situated on tubercles" vs. "Posterior lateral eyes not elevated on tubercles."  (cf. research.amnh.org below)


Links

English 
http://www.jorgenlissner.dk/Philodromidae.aspx
http://research.amnh.org/iz/blackrock2/families/philodromidae.htm
http://srs.britishspiders.org.uk/portal/p/Summary/s/Philodromus+dispar
http://ednieuw.home.xs4all.nl/Spiders/Philodromidae/Philodromidae.htm

German
http://wiki.spinnen-forum.de/index.php?title=Philodromus_dispar 
http://www.spiderling.de/arages/Fotogalerie/Fotogalerie.htm
http://insektoid.info/spinnentiere/laufspinnen/#bid1381

#spidersunday  +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey +Mandy Allen ___

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